I'm new to the quilting game so have been learning plenty of lessons the hard way over the past few months!
Lesson#1: Accurate cutting is actually quite important if you want things to look right. Quilt #1 was thrown together in (unusually for me) a freestyle," just wing it" kind of fashion.
this meant that it wasn't exactly straight, anywhere!
Note to self: don't use the fabric folds as a cutting guide!
Lesson#2: basting a quilt is really important, more than a couple of safety pins is required!
Lesson#3: it's much better to work with colours and fabric you actually like! At least my SIL makes use of this quilt as a cover in their travel cot.